A journey is when you take the time to slow down and find your true self in the direction of the universe. In the end, spirituality is about connecting with a Higher Power and harmonizing our frequency with the vibrations of the Universe. Spirituality can take many different forms, from activism to religious intervention.
The trip to Haridwar, Rishikesh and the Himalayas will ultimately bring you closer to God. Spending time in the famous holy places of the Hindus, visiting the ashrams and sacred riverside temples. Experience the magic of India and its ancient traditions such as Ayurveda, Yoga, meditation and other holistic therapies.
Your Spiritual Journey
Haridwar is that Holy spot where the mighty Ganges enters the plains of North India. Haridwar is the gateway to Devbhoomi Uttarakhand from where the Ganges originates and makes the land of complete India fertile and rich for agricultural activities.
Haridwar is also one of the four holy cities of India where the highly revered Kumbh Mela takes place. Here one can find several Ashrams & Temples to dive deeper into their spiritual self. Considering Rishikesh which is a popular holy spot known for Yoga and Meditation along with many different temples that located in various corners of the town could be the perfect place to start your spiritual journey.
How To Reach
Haridwar is five hours away from New Delhi and around one and a half hours away from Dehradun via road. Regular buses leave from Kashmere Gate ISBT Station at regular hours. Almost all the Northern States has a decent bus connectivity to reach here via road railways or air. Haridwar station is also connected with major railway stations around India. You’ll find regular trains from all across pan India that stop here. Many trains coming from Bangalore, Guwahati and Chandigarh stop here on the way to Dehradun. Nearest airport from Haridwar is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport.
Travelling between Haridwar to Rishikesh is pretty easy & smooth. Local buses, as well as, private taxis are available from bus stand as well as railway station. The journey between both places takes just half an hour. What is to note here is that in Rishikesh there are no railhead and the nearest operational railway station is in Haridwar.
Top things to do in Haridwar and Rishikesh
Kumbh Mela is the best highlight to witness in Haridwar. Luckily Haridwar is also one of the four holy cities of India where the highly revered Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years. The exact date is determined according to Hindu astrology: The Mela is held when Jupiter is in Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. The event possesses deep religious significance to Hindus as well as other spiritual seekers.
Haridwar & Rishikesh have a lot of famous as well as lesser-known temples that are worth visiting. Apart from Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi Temple in Haridwar and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple in Rishikesh, one can also explore the replica of Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir and Swarg Ashram and a lot more.
River Rafting is a very popular activity in Rishikesh and a must for every adventure seeker. You can have this thrilling experience in 3 different varities of distance for rafting that includes 7 km, 12 km and 16 km. Many experienced rafting organizers also offer cliff jumping at less turbulent parts of the river that elevates the level of thrill and gives a good adrenaline rush in your body and mind.
One of the Best Things to do in your trip to Haridwar and Rishikesh would be bungee jumping in between the mountains & over the River. This surreal experience of flying free like a bird should be in your bucket list before you die. Rishikesh’s Jumpin Heights is one of the most popular and thrilling bungee jumping spots in India. Located in Mohan Chatti you can consider this place for the jump from 83metre high elevation which is mind-blowing. This spot also offers activities like Giant Swing and Flying Fox.